Ex-Fox News Commentator Gets Jail For Fake CIA Claims


Wayne Simmons, a former "terrorism analyst" on Fox News, was sentenced to jail on July 15 for fraudulently representing himself as a former "Outside Paramilitary Special Operations Officer" for the CIA between 1973 to 2000.

According to MediaMatters.org, Simmons said on Fox News that the Obama administration chose "to not rescue our former CIA operatives and our military in Libya," in regards to the 2012 Benghazi terror attack.

Additionally, Simmons was also part of Accuracy in Media’s "Citizens' Commission on Benghazi," which called for House Republicans to set up an investigation into the Benghazi incident, which ultimately cost taxpayers $7 million and yielded no new meaningful information.

Accuracy in Media reportedly removed mentions of Simmons from its website, while Fox News stressed that Simmons "was never employed by the channel and was never paid by Fox."

"Wayne Simmons is a fraud," said Dana Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, reports Reuters.

"Simmons has no military or intelligence background, or any skills relevant to the positions he attained through his fraud," Boente added.

The U.S. Department of Justice said in an April press release that Simmons pleaded guilty to major fraud against the U.S. government, wire fraud and a firearms offense.

As part of his plea agreement, Simmons admitted to defrauding the U.S. government in 2008 as a team leader in the U.S. Army’s Human Terrain Systems program, and in 2010 when he was a senior intelligence advisor deployed to Afghanistan.

Additionally, Simmons admitted to making false statements in 2009 while trying -- and failing -- to get a job with the U.S. State Department’s Worldwide Protective Service.

Simmons also admitted to defrauding an individual out of $125,000 in a nonexistent real estate investment project.

The 62-year-old was arrested with two firearms, which he was not allowed to possess because of prior felony convictions.

Simmons was sentenced to 33 months in prison by U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III, reports Reuters.

Ellis also made Simmons give up his two guns, pay $176,000 in criminal proceeds and pay restitution. Once he is released from prison, Simmons will have to serve three years of supervised release.

The U.S. Attorney's Office said in a statement said that Simmons' real jobs had included: New Orleans Saints football player, doorman for a nightclub, gambling bookie, mortgage broker and manager of a business that rented hot tubs by the hour.

Sources: ReutersMediaMatters.orgU.S. Department of Justice / Photo credit: Fox News via MediaMatters.org

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